I am doing maternity cover and I am having a real problem teaching in the style and method asked for by the HOD. The problem is the exam groups are so entrenched in this method of working that to change would be negative to the pupils. Basically the pupils spend a lot of time copying the work of other artists not even in appropriate or relevant materials. i spoke to a bright yr 11 boy yesterday and I asked him why he was copying a francis bacon painting he just answered he liked it and wasnt he expected to do studies of the artist. I said it can help but why had he done it in watercolour , he looked confused and I said oil pastel may be a better medium as it will echo the texture of bacons style. Am I missing the point with this insistance of the department to copy the work of artists as I have always regarded it as pretty much a waste of materials and time and I have yet to find a pupil who actually learns anything from the process. I'm not about to change anything at the school I'm at as I know my place.